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Music of Latin AmericaSteven Loza
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Music of Latin America

Mexico and the Caribbean (Revised Edition)
Edited by Steven Loza

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62131-233-8, 440 pages


Music of Latin America: Mexico and the Caribbean is an anthology focusing on the musical cultures of the "northern sphere" of Latin America, specifically Mexico, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and parts of Central America. It includes essays by such notables in the field as Robert Stevenson, Daniel Sheehy, Gerard Behaque, William Gradante, and Helena Simonett. Beginning with an exploration of mestizaje, the mixing of race and culture, the book moves on to discuss the following:

  • Musical events and developments from the 16th century to the present
  • Ecclesiastical music composed during the colonial period
  • The origins of Cuban son, which served as the musical basis for salsa and Latin jazz
  • The folkloric musical culture of Puerto Rico
  • Contemporary musical movements in Mexico as related to migration, globalization, and daily life

The selections in Music of Latin America: Mexico and the Caribbean provide readers with unique, important perspectives on the culture and history of a large segment of Latin America through its music. Extensively class-tested, this book is appropriate for classes on Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican music. It can also be used in general education courses on music and culture.

Teaching Resources
Adopting professors will receive a sample syllabus, a list of recording selections, and PowerPoint slides.

Steven Loza earned a B.A. in Music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received his M.A. in Latin American Studies and his Ph.D. in Music at the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently Dr. Loza is a professor of ethnomusicology at UCLA, and an adjunct professor of music at the University of New Mexico, where formerly he directed the Arts of the Americas Institute. He has also taught at the University of Chile, Kanda University of International Studies in Japan, and the Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City. He has conducted extensive research in Mexico, the Chicano/Latino United States, and Cuba among other areas, and he has lectured and read papers throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Loza has received Fulbright and Ford Foundation grants, and has served on the screening and voting committees for the Grammy Awards for many years. His previous publications include Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles, and Tito Puente and the Making of Latin American Music. He has also edited four anthologies. Dr. Loza has performed both jazz and Latin jazz, recorded two CDs and produced numerous concerts and art festivals internationally, including his roles as director of the UCLA Mexican Arts Series and co-director of the Festival de Musicas del Mundo in Mexico City. In 2008 he produced a concert at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, which featured the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. The event included the world premiere of his tone poem America Tropical, a multimedia symphonic piece.